Belmont Associate Professor of Honors Dr. Kristine LaLonde has been named as chairman of the Nashville Poverty Council by Mayor Karl Dean. A past Metro Council member, LaLonde has also been named to the Metro Social Services Board. Created in 2010, the Council was started to aid in the implementation of Nashville’s Poverty Reduction Initiative.
“Kristine brings a great deal of passion and commitment to this initiative,” Dean said. “She shares my vision for making life a little easier for those who don’t know where they will get their next meal or how they will provide shelter for their family.”
As chair of the Poverty Council, LaLonde will serve as the point person on poverty issues with the Metro Council, Metro Social Services, the Mayor’s office and seven public-private Implementation Teams.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity to help our city address the challenges of poverty,” LaLonde said. “In a time of greater needs and fewer resources, we need to provide leadership that assures that the community’s work has the most possible impact. It’s crucial that we ask ourselves if our resources are being used in the best ways possible and if we are applying new technologies and thinking in ways that will create change.”